After a word of greeting by the Director of the Bauhaus Dessau Foundation, Philipp Oswalt, Inge Hansen Schaberg (Rotenburg) will speak about “The educational idea of the Bauhaus and its materialisation in the artistic activities of women” and give an introduction to the topic of the conference. Rahel Feilchenfeldt (Munich) will talk about the Jewish women artists at the Bauhaus and their portrayal in Hedwig Brenner’s four-volume catalogue of Jewish Women in the Fine Arts (1998–2011). This will be followed by the opportunity to have a conversation with Hedwig Brenner (Haifa).
In the Saturday morning section, the professional developments of the women weaving artists, textile designers/designers and an architect will be presented: Elizabeth Otto (Buffalo) will report on “Marianne Brandt’s departure from the Bauhaus during National Socialism,” Anja Baumhoff (Loughboroug) and Irene Below (Werther) will speak about “Impeded careers in the turmoil of the times: Benita Koch-Otte and Gunta Stölzl” and Burcu Dogramaci (Munich) will discuss the “Bauhaus women artists and the textile designer Margaret Leischner in British exile” and Esther Bánki (Den Burg/Texel) will discuss the architect Zsuzsanna Bánki, 1912–1944.
On Saturday afternoon, the first topic will be the women ceramic artists when Ursula Hudson-Wiedenmann (Hurstpierpoint) examines “The second visit to the Haël Workshops of the Greta Pottery with new findings on the expulsion of Grete Heymann-Loebenstein” and Cheryl Buckley (Newcastle-upon-Tyne) speaks about “Authenticity, tradition and studio ceramics: Women émigré potters in the 1950s and 1960s.” This will be followed by the women photographers and their work after the expulsion: Ricarda Schwerin and her work in Jerusalem will be presented by Ines Sonder (Potsdam). Mercedes Valdivieso (Lleida) will lecture on Grete Stern and Ellen Auerbach in American exile. Angela Weber and Christoph Otterbeck (Marburg) will present Grete Stern’s photographic documentation of the indigenous cultures of the Gran Chaco (1958-1964).
Wolfgang Thöner, director of the collection at the Bauhaus Dessau, will report on the “Preservation and updating of Modernity in the archive of the Dessau Bauhaus” and introduce the exhibits by the women Bauhaus artists.
On Sunday morning, the focus will be on the Bauhaus legacy and the culture of remembrance: Robin Schuldenfrei (Berlin) will speak about “Lucia Moholy’s Bauhaus photography and the construction of the Bauhaus legacy” and Astrid Volpert (Berlin) will discuss “Hannes Meyer’s strong women in Moscow – Margarete Mengel, Lotte Beese, Lena Meyer-Bergner and Leonie Neumann.” An overview of current research on the women artists of the Bauhaus in exile during the NS period will be presented by Magdalena Droste (Berlin) and the conference will end with a lecture by Marianne Kröger (Frankfurt a.M.) on Tony Simon-Wolfskehl and the Bauhaus culture in Belgian exile.
Among other things, the conference programme will be supplemented by a sightseeing tour that focuses on the Dessau Masters’ House in the example of the Klee-Kandinsky House (including the Carl Marx Exhibition) and the Knarrberg Settlement by Leopold Fischer. It has been organised under the direction of Wolfgang Thöner and Irene Below.
Information on conference registration and organisational questions will be published in the conference flyer under www.exilforschung.de starting in August 2011.